The Painted Turtle relies on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers every year to accomplish our mission. Each year, more than 800 volunteers donate over 35,000 hours to make the magic of The Painted Turtle a reality. When you volunteer with us, you become a part of The Painted Turtle family: a caring, supportive, and compassionate community that comes together to make a difference in the lives of our campers. Our volunteer opportunities include Spring and Fall Family Weekends, Summer Sessions, and more!

The Volunteer Program is endowed by Delta Zeta Sorority.

Summer 2021 Opportunities

The Painted Turtle is now accepting volunteer applications for two separate programs. Camp at Home volunteers serve virtually as cabin counselors for our Camp at Home Weekend programs, and Limited Family Day volunteers will spend one day at our physical campsite as Activity Pals. Please be sure to read the full details of the summer volunteer opportunities here and check your eligibility here

Summer Volunteer Calendar

Limited Family Days (Lake Hughes):

Family Day 1 – Saturday, June 12, 8:30am-5pm

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, June 10, 6:30-8pm

Family Day 2 – Saturday, June 26, 8:30am-5pm

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8pm

Family Day 3 – Saturday, July 10, 8:30am-5pm

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, July 8, 6:30-8pm

Family Day 4 – Saturday, July 24, 8:30am-5pm

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, July 22, 6:30-8pm

Family Day 5 – Saturday, August 7, 8:30am-5pm

  • Virtual Orientation: Thursday, August 5, 6:30-8pm

Camp at Home Weekends

Kidney Disease & Transplant, Liver Disease & Transplant, Rheumatic Diseases, PIDD, TPN, IBD, Pulmonary Hypertension, Special Diagnoses and Muscular Dystrophy - June 11-13

  • Orientation: Thursday, June 10 6:30-8pm 

Skeletal Dysplasia & MPS - July 9-11

  • Orientation: Thursday, July 8 – 6:30-8pm

Hemophilia vWD and Thalassemia – July 23-25

  • Orientation: Thursday, July 22 – 6:30-8pm

Sibling – August 6-8

  • Orientation: Thursday, August 5 - 6:30-8pm

Questions? Contact kylies@thepaintedturtle.org or call (310) 451-1353 x108.


Summer 2021 Volunteer Opportunities

We are excited to share the upcoming Summer 2021 volunteer opportunities available to you and the application process. The theme for the summer is “We are Family. Somos Familia.”  Our goal is to reach our Camp family far and wide and create a community full of joy and support. As we head into the summer, we will continue to provide Camp virtually, and we are excited to announce several in-person opportunities to join in the fun – modified to keep campers, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy!


Volunteer Requirements and Application

Welcome volunteer applicants! We appreciate your interest in getting involved with our program.

All new and returning volunteers may apply by completing an online application. We accept applications on a rolling basis and we recommend applying as far in advance of the session(s) you wish to attend. We recommend completing your application at least 5-6 weeks before your desired session.


Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer program at The Painted Turtle is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to bring joy, laughter and smiles to our campers and families.  The Painted Turtle recruits volunteers for our Family Weekend Programs during the Spring and Fall as well as for our week-long Summer Sessions and hospital and community outreach opportunities.

The Painted Turtle is currently accepting applications for our 2021 Sessions. All new and returning volunteers may apply for 2021 sessions by completing an online application.